Jamshedpur: Acting on frequent of illegal constructions at Bistupur market, the administration started the first phase of eviction drive at Bistupur on Thursday.
The policemen present on the spot removed the make-shift shops and the wares forcibly . The anti-encroachment drive began from the Main Road. The kind of shops which faced the eviction axe included vegetable shops, fruit shops, tea stalls, snacks corner, hair-cutting salon and furniture shops.
Traffic constables on duty for more than eight hours are tired of managing the crowd because twice during the day whenever more than 400 school buses and autos hit the streets, everything goes haywire.
Initially, not only a large number of shopkeepers had cleared the space in front of their shops but also vendors had shifted themselves to nearby spaces clearing the passage. However, they started encroaching the road gradually after experiencing that the police officials were not taking the anti-encroachment drive seriously.
After the failure of the local bodies in eradicating encroachments, the district police authorities have come forward to get the encroachments cleared for easing out congestion.
The drive led by Dhalbhum SDO Alok Kumar and supported by DSP traffic Vivekanand Thakur and DSP crime control, Jacinta Kerketta along with Jamshedpur circle officer Manoj Kumar began at around 11 am and continued till evening.
During the drive, extensions in over 20 shops, on roads and pavements were dismantled by the district administration. Armed with two JCBs (excavators) and a hydra (a hydraulic operated excavator) in the presence of 60 odd police force and riot control vehicle, the team bulldozed several constructions.
Moreover, around 15 makeshift kiosks which had been set up on vacant spaces between permanent shops were also demolished during the drive.
“Most of the traffic jams are due to laxity of authorities. The problem can be solved if the administration takes the issue of encroachments seriously. But we all know why and how these encroachments come up,” said Nagesh Gupta, a resident.
“Encroachment has been decades-old issue but yes, now it has become a kind of trade and people have been minting money by seizing land and transferring to others.
Not only this, houses, farms, agencies belonging to some known faces of the city have also been constructed in areas of Mango, Jugsalai, Chotta Govindpur and Karandih,” said a youth BJP leader.
He said that though the party has raised the issue several times with the administration but they have received assurances so far.